Dr. E.C. "Pug" and Susie Hart came to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale looking for a replacement for their late mare Miz United States, and left with Dixie Victory, who topped the penultimate Jan. 12 session at $100,000.
Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have graded stakes action on both coasts at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.
Mother Nature may exert an influence in the marquee races on both coasts Saturday, as there is a good chance for rain at Santa Anita and at Gulfstream Park.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) and recaps Irish War Cry's win in the Marylander Stakes.
When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.
Westrock Stables' son of Medaglia d'Oro will start one more time this year.
Spendthrift Farm's Goldencents, the back-to-back Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, sired his first reported foal Jan. 14 when a filly was born at Le Mesa Farm near Carencro, La.
Speedway Stable's Collected made the most of his first start on dirt with a smooth victory from just off the pace in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. read blog
Budget Stable's Dressed in Hermes will look for his second straight graded stakes score in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park, but it will come over a relatively unfamiliar surface.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture returned to winning form Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs, gamely holding off favored Viva Majorca to win the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
Still looking to find his stride in 2015, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture will dial back to try a one-turn turn mile in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
With 3 Breeders' Cup Challenge races this weekend, Del Mar will be in the spotlight. Two of those three races will be on the main track, which for the first time since 2006 offers a dirt surface. read blog
Maggi Moss' Delaunay, a winner of more than $1.1 million, ended his streak of second-place finishes in the Iowa Sprint Handicap with a victory in the $125,000 event the evening of June 26 at Prairie Meadows.
Calculator's win in the Jan. 10 Sham Stakes (gr. III) adds to the legacy of the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud. The Florida-bred son of In Summation races for longtime Ocala Stud client Richard Pell.
Calculator entered the $100,750 Sham Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park still a maiden but left a stakes winner after posting a dominating 4 1/4-length victory over stablemate Rock Shandy.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) and Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III). read blog
Comments from the connections of Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents, including trainer Leandro Mora.
The 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Distaff. View Slideshow
After flying through a half mile in :44.80, Goldencents dug deep to hold off a determined Tapiture in the stretch to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), successfully defending his 2013 win in the race.
- By Steve Haskin
Let's start by saying that this year's Breeders' Cup is one of the toughest to handicap in many years, with deep, wide-open fields, none of which, except perhaps one, have a clear-cut favorite that stands far above the others read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Breeders' Cup Friday races. read blog
Multiple graded stakes winner Handsome Mike on Oct. 28 was declared from the upcoming Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) because of a leg injury.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Den's Legacy||Ron Moquett||
|Dirty Swagg||Jack C. Van Berg||
|Dry Summer||Robertino Diodoro||
|Goldencents||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Greeley Awesome||Keith G. Bourgeois||
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